Organized by Storytellers On Tour, today, along with several other bloggers and bookstagrammers, we present to you Game of Gnomes: The Necrognomicon, M.J. Northwood‘s Humor/Fantasy novel, in celebration of the recent release of the sequel, Game of Gnomes: A Gnome Hope! Make sure to check out their posts as well! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
A Co-Founder of Critical Tales, M. J. Northwood has taken his years of storytelling experience and gathered it into his latest books.
Regardless of the media format, M. J. Northwood adores telling fresh and exciting stories that plays with the reader’s imagination while tickling that rather childish funny-bone many of us adults still have.
After winning a competition at a younger age, M. J. worked towards creating his first full-length novel under commission. After spending a few years travelling and living in Japan, he delivered his first book.
Soon after, M. J. independently developed Game of Gnomes: The Necrognomicon. He worked tirelessly with a few friends to found Critical Tales and give Game of Gnomes the launch it deserved.
Every hurdle in a gnome’s life is just a little bit bigger. After years apart, the three gnomes Gassy, Borty, and Turdlet aim to scale the tallest of challenges a thief can face: The Crimicompetition.
Fighting for the clout against MagInc—a corporation of unimaginable influence—the gnomes are about to discover how small honour amongst thieves can get.
And so begins the Game of Gnomes
Welcome to the Asylum, M.J.! Take a seat by the fire, have a glass of beverage of your choice and tell me something about yourself!
Thanks for the hospitality! Of all the asylums I’ve been in, I’ve never known such table service.
Where do I start? Perhaps I should talk about the time I discovered a small Midwestern town that made dancing and rock music illegal where I faced an uphill battle to loosen this moderately conservative town up. Or the time my drought-ridden farm was seized by the bank, and my family and I were beset by hardships on our road West where we soon realize that the promised land of California isn’t quite what we hoped.
I think I’ll settle with letting you know I’m a British fella with a love for writing and a tendency to waffle around difficult questions.
What inspires your writing? Do you listen to music, stare into the fire, listen to the whispering of the wind, make deals with the Devil?
Speaking of fruits, the origin of Game of Gnomes itself, as you can imagine, was the fruit of a rather fruity back-and-forth I shared with my friends. Many hours of our conversational spelunking regularly has us in hysterics and produces rare nuggets of inspiration that develop into the gems of my stories, occasionally.
I also find myself returning to my favourite styles of writing and movie-making if I’m struggling to find my voice in a chapter. I’m well aware that these writers and creators have shaped who I am as a person, not just a writer, so returning to those moments can really revitalise any waning inspiration.
Your MC is locked in an asylum. What did he/she do to end up there?
Gassy is the only one I can imagine being locked away in an asylum and he’s likely there because he has been the centre of one too many horrific accidents that just so happen to occur whenever he’s left alone. Then the other gnomes’ stark disinterest in his suffering would push him over the edge.
However, Turdlet would certainly holiday in an asylum. He’d probably lock himself in the asylum as a fun pastime and would try to see how long it takes him to cause a riot with nothing but a pillowcase and a long moustache hair.
Describe an asylum set in the world of your series, Game of Gnomes!
Like most institutions in the Game of Gnomes world, any asylum would be run by MagInc and be insensitively named, like “MagInc’s Madhouse of Criminals Gone Crackers”.
Their for-profit approach to every little thing means the asylum would rarely be of any true medical help to anyone and more commonly be a cheap form of imprisonment when MagInc or the Council don’t have concrete evidence.
There are only a handful of asylums in the Game of Gnomes world as most unstable individuals join some form of religious sect with good healthcare. Their only other option is to find themselves eaten by either the criminal world or a honking big monster.
Which fictional character (it can be one of yours) and/or author would you like to live with in an asylum and why?
I suppose any of Batman’s villains. I hear they’re bloody talented at escaping asylums. Poison Ivy, if we’re being specific, since her values seem a little less murderery than all of the others that come to mind. That and I’d go nuts if I had to deal with daily riddles.
While you are locked in here for eternity, we will allow you one book – what would you choose?
The extended edition of the Guiness Book of World Records. No way I could live an eternity without knowing who has the longest fingernails in the world. If I’m not allowed that, I’ve got to be a little cliché and choose The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. There’s a reason it’s a classic and I can’t deny how much I enjoy it with each read.
Well then, we hope you’ll enjoy your stay in the Asylum! Any last words? *locks door*
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